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Let’s list you rate as the great ones.

And I suspect more than a few will make both lists. :P

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Some of my all time favorite John Wayne films are:

The Cowboys

Big Jake

McLintock

Rooster Cogburn...and the Lady

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Red River;  I saw it at a drive-in when it was new and I was 5 years old I and had nightmares about stampedes for years.

 

The Quiet Man;  maybe because I'm Irish, mostly.  Or maybe because of Victor McLaglen and Maureen O'Hara and the rest of that cast.  It never gets  old.

 

True Grit; it was filmed in Colorado (my natal state) and Duke finally got his Oscar.

 

The Comancheros; JW finally acted his age rather than being the love interest, the Elmer Bernstein soundtrack is inspired, and I don't care about the period incorrect guns.

 

No arguments about McClintock, Big Jake, but the Shootist is hard to watch, knowing what is coming.

 

 

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I’ll throw in a curveball. I’ve loved North to Alaska since I was a kid.

 

Round out my top five with:

 

The Shootist 

El Dorado 

Big Jake

Hondo

 

Edit: I think I need to add The Cowboys, just because. But boy, I still don't like Bruce Dern.

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North To Alaska my first drive in movie

McLintock

Sons of Katie Elder 

True Grit

Chisum

Big Jake

The Cowboys probably my all time JW favorite

Rooster Cogburn 

The Shootist 

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The Shootist

The Cowboys

Stagecoach

True Grit

Sons of Katie Elder

McLintock (Maureen OHara:wub:)

 

There's a few others but these top my list

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Rio Bravo

Rio Lobo

The Cowboys

True Grit

Rooster Cogburn

The Shootist (I totally agree with Charlie Harely)

 

Red River

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Stagecoach

 

Love em all!

 

 

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Goodness, I've "Liked" all the responses so far.  The Duke starred in a lot of great "classics."

Now I'll add:

Horse Soldiers

And the John Ford cavalry trilogy.

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In no particular order

In Harms Way

The Wings of Eagles

The Quiet Man

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

The Shootist

They Were Expendable

Island In the Sky

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3 hours ago, Charlie Harley, #14153 said:

The Shootist. 

 

Only one of his movies that made my eyes water. 

Glad he got an Academy Award, but it should have been for this one. All his other movies were variations on a successful formula. This one was personal, and it showed in his performance.
 

Maybe it’s my age and personal circumstances that enhances its effect on me, but this one also grabbed me from when it was first released way back when. 
 

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1 hour ago, Subdeacon Joe said:

In no particular order

In Harms Way

The Wings of Eagles

The Quiet Man

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

The Shootist

They Were Expendable

Island In the Sky

Island in the Sky is excellent. I have it on DVD.

https://crystalkalyana.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/island-in-the-sky-1953/

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Hatari!

 

For fun, Donovan's Reef

Horse Soldiers

In Harms Way

But all in all, SWMBO and I love them all and have them on DVDs

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I liked a lot of his movies and watch them all the time.

 I would rate the Shootist as one of the best.

Mostly I liked the ending and how he talked about the person that could not shoot being the one that would do him in.

The other statement that stood out to me was if you need to shoot, don't hesitate, just do it.

He got shot in the back and Ron Howard shot the bartender, realized what he did, threw the gun and walked out and said nothing.

John Wayne lived just long enough to see what happened, and shook his head in approval. 

I saw it when I was a freshman in High school if i remember correctly.

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The Quiet Man

Red River

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Sands of Iwo Jima

The Searchers

Rio Grande

Hondo

 

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In no particular order...

Rio Bravo

True Grit

Sands of Iwo Jima

The Green Berets

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence

 

Honorable mentions for:

The Cowboys

North to Alaska

The Shootist

The Searchers

Red River

 

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The Searchers is my top JW film with Stagecoach being my second choice.

 

Donovan's Reef is my pick for non-western.

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Rio Bravo for some reason always stuck a chord with me. I bet I have watched it (Falling asleep in bed) at least 300x. It's my all time favorite movie. Here is my honorable mentions

 

The Searchers

Rio Lobo

True Grit

Sons of Katie Elder

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My favorite 5 (five) John Wayne Western movies are the following 
 

Stagecoach  (1939)

Red River  (1948)

Hondo  (1953)

The Searchers (1956)

The Shootist  (1976)
 

(I must say that Harry Morgan, as Marshall Thibido in “The Shootist,” dragged the movie down.  His acting abilities were always questionable, and in this case, among his worst......stilted and wooden.....he was just painfully reading his lines.)

 

Cat Brules

 

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The Cowboys

The Shootist

The Searchers

The Sons of Katie Elder

True Grit

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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1 hour ago, Cat Brules said:

(I must say that Harry Morgan, as Marshall Thibido in “The Shootist,” dragged the movie down.  His acting abilities were always questionable, and in this case, among his worst......stilted and wooden.....he was just painfully reading his lines.)

I have liked Harry Morgan in different things I have seen, But I will agree with this and part of it seemed as he felt was a better man (sheriff) than John Wayne (shootist) and I like the part when the when John Wayne had had enough of him and offer to shoot him, Morgan stated you would not dare and John Wayne stated watch me. Morgan put on his hat and walked out.  The sheriff character was an arrogant jerk.

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The Searchers

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Hondo

The Horse Soldiers

I have all of his westerns on DVD from the early 1940's except Circus World.  Have a scattering of his poverty row westerns also.

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Angel and the Badman.

Hondo

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The Shootist is the one I like the best, but there are many more that I like. 

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Big Jake is my favorite.

 

I faced it a long time ago. John Wayne wasn't much of a actor but he always played John Wayne no matter what the movie was.

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My all time favorite is The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.  Probably as much for Lee Marvin as for John Wayne.  Second is The Quiet Man because my Mom's Irish and I was a St. Patrick's day baby.  The Searchers.  McClintock, followed by the rest.

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On 5/18/2020 at 7:14 PM, J-BAR #18287 said:

No arguments about McClintock, Big Jake, but the Shootist is hard to watch, knowing what is coming.

John Wayne was in a compromised state of health during it’s filming, and it showed. Probably made his role that much stronger. 

 

Watched it on tv with my grandma, who really was in end stage cancer. She loved the movie in a bittersweet way. 

 

Shucks, eyes are watering again just thinking about it. 

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What, nobody liked The Conqueror.  (Not even JW himself).

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